My father was a watch maker. He abandoned it when Einstein discovered time is relative. I would only agree that a symbolic clock is as nourishing to the intellect as photograph of oxygen to a drowning man.
Archaeologists near Mount Sinai have discovered what is believed to be a missing page from the Bible. The page is presently being carbon dated in Bonn. If genuine it belongs at the beginning of the Bible and is believed to read "To my darling Candy. All characters portrayed within this book are fictitious and any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental." The page has been universally condemned by church leaders.
Global Warming is causing major extinctions - citation: Gawker Media.
I'm not saying it isn't happening, but I'd much rather an article from someone who doesn't make a living from flashing photos of starlet'a crotches, intertwined with stories of "is your cat the cutest on the block? 15 steps to know for sure".
Last I checked, Bluetooth 3 and 4 offers 25Mbps. I'd have a hard time saying that isn't adequate for uncompressed, bitstreamed audio. However said devices require a reasonable codec, DSP and DAC to to be viable and overcome your concerns.
I'd think it's because you likely know a vast majority of the people in your area (at least superficially), and in the event that something happens by an outsider, they'd have a 30-60m drive to leave the county on the 1, possibly 2 highways out of town. I say that having lived in a place just like that.